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Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-4191 Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic



Set up, operate, or tend heating equipment, such as heat-treating furnaces, flame-hardening machines, induction machines, soaking pits, or vacuum equipment to temper, harden, anneal, or heat-treat metal or plastic objects.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 7013$23.49/hr$18.85/hr$19.64/hr$23.82/hr$25.05/hr$31.09/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing90$23.22/hr
Professional and Business Services20$23.78/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Central Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota 30$19.60/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 70$23.82/hr-4.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 80$23.82/hrN/A
Minnesota 110$23.75/hr-4.2%




  • Determine types and temperatures of baths and quenching media needed to attain specified part hardness, toughness, and ductility, using heat-treating charts and knowledge of methods, equipment, and metals.
  • Load parts into containers and place containers on conveyors to be inserted into furnaces, or insert parts into furnaces.
  • Set and adjust speeds of reels and conveyors for prescribed time cycles to pass parts through continuous furnaces.
  • Read production schedules and work orders to determine processing sequences, furnace temperatures, and heat cycle requirements for objects to be heat-treated.
  • Clean oxides and scales from parts or fittings, using steam sprays or chemical and water baths.
  • Adjust controls to maintain temperatures and heating times, using thermal instruments and charts, dials and gauges of furnaces, and color of stock in furnaces to make setting determinations.
  • Set up and operate or tend machines, such as furnaces, baths, flame-hardening machines, and electronic induction machines, that harden, anneal, and heat-treat metal.
  • Heat billets, bars, plates, rods, and other stock to specified temperatures preparatory to forging, rolling, or processing, using oil, gas, or electrical furnaces.
  • Reduce heat when processing is complete to allow parts to cool in furnaces or machinery.
  • Mount workpieces in fixtures, on arbors, or between centers of machines.